Connecting Educators

EdTech Update: May 2017

EdTech Kickoff 2017

Tuesday, August 8th 9 am

Columbia Central High School


Get ready for a day of learning with energetic educators! We are looking for teachers who are excited to share the great things that are happening in their school or classroom. Please consider presenting at EdTech Kickoff. Contact one of us if you have any questions. Use the button below to submit your proposal.

You Asked, We Answered!

We are offering a Google Mini-Series starting with Google Classroom on June 22nd at the JCISD location. Click here for dates and registration. Each session will offer 3 SCECHs!

Google Mini Series Part I: Google Classroom

Thursday, June 22nd, 9am-12:15pm

6700 Browns Lake Road

Jackson, MI


Register here for Google Classroom training.


3 SCECHs available

Google Docs: Force a Copy

Have you ever wanted to share an editable Google Doc with a colleague or your students, but you didn't want them to change your original document? With "Force a Copy" you can give each person who clicks on the link to your shared document the opportunity to make their own copy of it. This lets each user personalize their own copy of the template without changing your original! Check out Alice Keeler's post about how to force a copy in a google doc.
U drive to Google Drive Transfer

The U Drive will be deactivated in December 2017.

Classroom Highlight: 4th Street at Parkside

Kim Simpson worked hard to acquire donations from the Jackson Community Foundation for her 6th grade students at Parkside. Using those funds, she created an amazing Makerspace/STEM lab where students have the tools and space to be creative problem-solvers. Check out the lab in action!

What We're Excited about in May: Grants!

On the right, Meemic grant recipients at Hanover-Horton celebrate!


Do you have a great idea for your classroom or building? Chances are there is a grant that exists to help offset some or all of the cost of purchasing the materials needed to get you started!


Some of our favorite grants to apply for:

1) MACUL Grant - due May 15! Learn more and apply here.

2) Meemic Back to School Grant - due May 31! learn more and apply here.

2) Jackson Community Foundation: Teachers Fund Grants - due July 7! Learn more and apply here.

3) CP Federal Credit Union Partner in Education Mini Grant - due November 17! Learn more here.

4) Educators of America


It never hurts to ask!

Here are some grant resources to help you write that winning proposal!

Edutopia List

Big Deal Book Funding & Recognition


**If you win, get in touch with your regional tech coordinator to help get you the best devices!**

Upcoming PD Opportunities

Google Certification Academy(Columbia Middle School)

Monday, June 12th, 8:30am to Tuesday, June 13th, 3:30pm

11775 Hewitt Road

Brooklyn, MI

The Google Certification Academy developed by John Sowash and Sowash Ventures is designed to help dedicated educators become “Google Education Trainers (GET),” an endorsement awarded directly by Google through their education division.

Registration

Google Certification Academy(Western School District)

Monday, June 19th, 8:30am to Tuesday, June 20th, 3:30pm

1400 South Dearing Road

Parma, MI

The Google Certification Academy developed by John Sowash and Sowash Ventures is designed to help dedicated educators become “Google Education Trainers (GET),” an endorsement awarded directly by Google through their education division.

Registration

Nerd Camp

Monday, July 10th, 10am to Tuesday, July 11th, 4pm

1400 South Dearing Road

Parma, MI

This is a totally FREE and AWESOME event!


Day 1 is much like a traditional education conference. We have scheduled speakers to get you all fired up about teaching reading and writing in the classroom. For more specifics on day 1, please visit the page by clicking the link below.


Day 2 of nErDcamp is designed differently than your typical conference. It's an (un)conference with a focus on literacy in learning. That's literacy in every and all areas -- science and math, we're talking to you too!


Up to 10 SCECHs are available!

Registration

PD in your PJ's: May TRIG Courses

Three new courses:

  • Deeper Learning through Developing Master Students of Collaboration and Communication
  • A Practical Guide to Global Success Skills in the Classroom for the 21st Century and Beyond
  • Inquiry and Questioning: Igniting student curiosity with technology


Register here!


  • For a complete list of Virtual Course FAQ's click here.

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